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“Nice displays and interesting tidbits”

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Ranked #1 of 54 things to do in Hillsboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. Located just west of Portland, Oregon, in Hillsboro, the Museum showcases not only fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Hillsboro, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Nice displays and interesting tidbits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2011

Collections have some really odd looking rocks and minerals from around the world. The glow-in-the-dark rock display is really great. Good museum for kids, as I think all kids love rocks and they are designed for it as they host school field trips all the time (I vaguely remember going in elementary school before the museum was established).

Visited June 2010
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Forest Grove, OR
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“their website has changed to ricenorthwestmuseum.org”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2011

One of the best museums of it's type in the United States.
My kids love it ! Along with interacting with my youngster, their very helpful tour guides explain what each mineral is used for. They make it a fun and interesting experience.

Visited April 2011
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Great collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2010

I have been here several times and it has a very good collection of rocks and minerals. It is much bigger than what one would expect to find in Hillsboro.

I have been here with adults, some trips with kids as well. The place has fossils, meteoroids, fluoresent (phosphoresent, to be more accurate) rocks (the one that glows), thundereggs etc.

It should easily take 1 to 2 hours here. Well worth the time whether you go there with or without kids

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun and educational. Nice displays and...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2010

Fun and educational. Nice displays and cool rocks:)

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Santa Clara, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2009

We are rock museum junkies and this is the best we have been to. It is a fairly large facility housed in a funky retro home which is an attraction in itself. It is in the wooded/farm area of Hillsboro right off US 26. The have special events throughout the year which would probably be worth planning for. There is a gift shop and a 'take-one' free rock pile for kids. There are trails around the property and you can make an afternoon of it. There was also a small building with some educational displays that we did not have time for.

The museum is set up with themed rooms and very well organized. The kids loved the glow room. There is a whole basement of large glass displays with massive gold pieces and other amazing minerals. The thundereggs and fossils are impressive also.

This is not to be missed if you enjoy this kind of thing. There is a seperate related shop in the Streets of Tanasbourne with all price ranges of items, but dont miss the museum.

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